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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; Reprint edition (March 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933495022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933495026
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #584,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who desires greater clarity about their goodness and the value of healthy relationships.

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Robert Wicks is one of my favorite writers and I enjoy his directness and frankness. I highly recommend his writting. All of his writtings to anyone seeking to find inner truth and a welcomed guide for the spiritual journey.
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There is nothing that we could do that would make God love us any more than God does right now. We don't hear that enough. Robert Wicks reminds us of our holiness in our ordinariness. It's what God works best with. It's what God needs for us to be so God can introduce God's self to others through us. Wicks will reaquaint the reader with their goodness and the goodness of others simply by acknowledging that being human is "holy enough". He also challenges the reader to take an honest look at the different dimensions of friendship, helping the reader identify what is a healthy relationship and what may not be for now.
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There is nothing that we could do that would make God love us any more than God does right now. We don't hear that enough. Robert Wicks reminds us of our holiness in our ordinariness. It's what God works best with. It's what God needs for us to be so God can introduce God's self to others through us. Wicks will reaquaint the reader with their goodness and the goodness of others simply by acknowledging that being human is "holy enough". He also challenges the reader to take an honest look at the different dimensions of friendship, helping the reader identify what is a healthy relationship and what may not be for now.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa02f2dd4) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0414aa4) out of 5 stars Gift Worthy May 11 2000
By Christy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is nothing that we could do that would make God love us any more than God does right now. We don't hear that enough. Robert Wicks reminds us of our holiness in our ordinariness. It's what God works best with. It's what God needs for us to be so God can introduce God's self to others through us. Wicks will reaquaint the reader with their goodness and the goodness of others simply by acknowledging that being human is "holy enough". He also challenges the reader to take an honest look at the different dimensions of friendship, helping the reader identify what is a healthy relationship and what may not be for now.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0414af8) out of 5 stars A Book Worth Reading More Than Once Jan. 4 2006
By Timothy Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book TOUCHING THE HOLY: ORDINARINESS, SELF-ESTEEM, and FRIENDSHIP was my first introduction to the writings of Robert Wicks. People had commented to me about his wonderful insights and that the book was written in a manner that was both inviting and engaging so I decided I'd read it while on retreat. It turned out the week was snowy, the retreat house had a fireplace roaring most evenings, and I had the pleasure of spending some time in front of the fireplace reading this wonderful book.

Wicks focuses on three areas as the subtitle suggests. First, he focuses on our call as followers of Christ to ordinariness. Ordinariness for Wicks is not anonymity, weakness, or an encouragement to allow people to take advantage of a person. It is more of an invitation to simply be the people we were created to be. While it may sound as if he is challenging people to be less, his words are an encouragement to be pleased with who we truly are and not to strive to be what we are not meant to be. He quotes all sorts of well known names to base his theory. Some of the names include Thomas Merton, Robert Coles who speaks about his encounter with Dorothy Day, e.e. cummings, Henry Nouwen, and C.S. Lewis. His call to ordinariness reflects his training in both theology and psychology. He then looks at the call of ordinariness from the ancient writings of the Desert Fathers oaf the early Church and modern psychological beliefs about the true self/false self. While Wicks presents this material in an original manner, it is the final section of the book, that on friendship which for me was the book's greatest strength. This is where he first introduces his theory of the four types of friends: cheerleader, harasser, prophet, and soul guide and how our friends help us understand God's love and how we come to understand God's love through friendship. He alter expands on this idea in a book he co-authored with Robert Hamma CIRCLE OF FRIENDS.

This is the kind of book that can be read either in a sitting or two or in small portions as material for prayer and reflection. My guess is that readers will discover a book with much to offer. For me it has become a favorite and I return to it again and again. As a matter of fact, it is after returning to it again that I decided to write this review.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0414f30) out of 5 stars Gift Worthy May 11 2000
By Christy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is nothing that we could do that would make God love us any more than God does right now. We don't hear that enough. Robert Wicks reminds us of our holiness in our ordinariness. It's what God works best with. It's what God needs for us to be so God can introduce God's self to others through us. Wicks will reaquaint the reader with their goodness and the goodness of others simply by acknowledging that being human is "holy enough". He also challenges the reader to take an honest look at the different dimensions of friendship, helping the reader identify what is a healthy relationship and what may not be for now.
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HASH(0xa0419300) out of 5 stars Book-Touching the Holy June 1 2009
By T. B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We used this book in a women's study group. We enjoyed it very much. It was very helpful and many of us purchased extra copies to share with family and friends. We thought young people would especially find some valuable information in this book.
HASH(0xa04193e4) out of 5 stars The Cover Jan. 4 2014
By Margaretmary B. Staller - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover shows the strength and support that is present in this book. Robert Wicks writes from a love of his faith and of humanity. He constantly sees and shares the goodness inside every human being.


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